BY BUDDY NEVINS
Memorial Day was a lesson in where the world is headed.
Unruly crowds caused trouble on Fort Lauderdale beach. A friend of mine reported seeing at least one car with a window smashed and roving bands of youths.
The bridges to the beach were closed.
But if you wanted to find out about it, you had to check the Fort Lauderdale Police’s fabulous Twitter feed, which keep everybody like me posted on what was happening.
The Sun-Sentinel website: Nothing. Nada.
The Sun-Sentinel, which has a staff of paid reporters, should be ashamed of itself. But apparently they couldn’t care less. The same thing happened earlier this year, when the paper and its website missed trouble on the beach.
Not only the Fort Lauderdale Police and Twitter shined. Television stations did a great job of informing the public. So did blogs.
The Sun-Sentinel and its website should also be ashamed that a Twitter feed like RedBroward beat the paper like a drum. Even Channel 6’s newsroom reads RedBroward, which I’ve heard arrogantly dismissed along with the other blogs by the “professionals” at the Sun-Sentinel:
This from Channel 6’s 11 p.m. news. The Sunsentinel.com did not have anything until Wednesday morning, which is a lifetime in news.
The Fort Lauderdale Police should be commended for its zero tolerance policy and its policy of keeping the public informed.
The SunSentinel.com. Well, they had something in the morning. Courtesy of Channel 4, complete with the television station’s video footage. Roughly 14 hours after the incident happened.
Doesn’t anybody at the Sun-Sentinel know what “breaking news” means today? Twitter does. Channel 7 does. Channel 4 & 6 do. RedBroward.com does.
Me, if I want to find out about “breaking news,” I’ll hit Twitter and the other websites.
Because the Sun-Sentinel is a broken news organization when it comes to “breaking news.”
Twitter photo from WSVN-Channel 7 viewer courtesy of Darcy Tannebaum, WSVN News.
Twitter photo from WSVN- Channel 7 viewer courtesy of Darcy Tannebaum, WSVN Channel 7 News